chapter  3
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Education and the working class

The working class and the community school It is necessary to draw a number of conceptual distinctions before considering different prescriptions for education on behalf of the working class. First, a distinction must be drawn between workingclass education and education of the working class. Working-class education implies that there is a type of education appropriate to the working class, different from that which is relevant to other classes. This view derives from the assumption that the working class has its own culture and values: being working-class is to require distinctive skills, techniques and forms of knowledge which define a peculiar educational content, a particular kind of curriculum.